CFP: Shifting Foundations of Knowledge - Deadline August 7th

full name / name of organization: 
Culture Frame: A Third-Culture Journal
contact email: 
tdphilbeck@gmail.com

Call For Papers: Shifting Foundations (Summer 2009)

Culture Frame’s inaugural call-for-papers would like to address what it regards as a historical shift in the foundations of knowledge. The 20th century was marked by scientific development and implementation, especially in physics, chemistry, biology, as well as technological expansion. This remarkable century transformed human cultures’ engagements with the scientific method. The result of scientific and technological impact on human culture and identity, from the automobile to antibiotics, from the double helix to the atomic bomb, is now evident in almost every moment of every day.

Twentieth-century culture, unlike previous centuries, became more intertwined and dependent upon scientific ways of knowing and empirical methodologies than at any previous time in human history. Culture Frame would like to take the next step and explore how the impact of the last century is leading to the adoption of new foundations for methodologies of knowing in the humanities and traditionally non-scientific disciplines, as well as how the scientific disciplines are reaching out to speak to the masses that are responsible for founding their claims of knowledge using either discernible methodologies or by the aesthetic, relativistic, and intuitive judgments.

The Shifting Foundations CFP encourages papers on topics that address questions like:

Is the scientific method now the bedrock of knowledge, in general, as opposed to traditional humanistic methodologies?

How can a completely causal methodology be applicable to the humanistic disciplines, such as art and literature; fields that are predicated upon the notion of creativity and spontaneity and freedom?

Can reliance upon scientific methodology be considered progress or is the scientific method an inevitable epistemological cul-de-sac?

Has this new reliance upon a particular methodology irreversibly changed the direction of human culture and what it means to know, what it means to be human?

What opportunities arise from this foundational shift and what valuable aspects of humanity may be lost due to its perspective?

Papers on the shifting foundations of knowledge in the sciences and humanities will help define the new direction being taken not only by scientists and humanists in the twenty-first century, but by the general public that is now more reliant than ever on ways of knowing for their own ends in a competitive world.

Submission Deadline August 7th. Submissions must follow journal requirements.

VISIT http://www.cultureframe.org for full details on the submission process.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
journals_and_collections_of_essays
science_and_culture
twentieth_century_and_beyond